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Maps of biomass dynamics support North American Carbon Program

Understanding rates of biomass accumulation is critical to understanding how forest disturbance and regrowth influence carbon dynamics. Connie Harrington, Forest ServiceSnapshot : Forest Service scientists and collaborators modeled live, aboveground tree biomass by using Forest Inventory and Analysis field data and applied the models to more than 20 years of Landsat satellite imagery to derive trajectories of aboveground forest biomass for study locations across the continental United States. These maps enable a first approximation of continental rates of biomass loss and accumulation as a result of forest disturbance and regrowth and can be used to support the North American Carbon Program

Principal Investigators(s) :
Cohen, Warren 
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2011
Highlight ID : 340

Summary

Forest Service scientists and collaborators modeled live, aboveground tree biomass by using Forest Inventory and Analysis field data and applied the models to more than 20 years of Landsat satellite imagery to derive trajectories of aboveground forest biomass for study locations across the continental United States. Maps of biomass dynamics were integrated with maps depicting the location and timing of forest disturbance and regrowth to assess the biomass consequences of these processes over large areas and long timeframes.

These maps enable a first approximation of continental rates of biomass loss and accumulation as a result of forest disturbance and regrowth and can be used to support the North American Carbon Program. Scientists from a variety of universities and government agencies that model carbon dynamics are using this information. Policymakers and managers now have information to use in understanding how forest biomass has changed over the past 20 years to inform their decisions about how forest management affects biomass change today and in the future.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Montana State University, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Oregon State University
  • USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • University of Maryland

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Resource Management and Use
  • Climate Change